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On a clear cool afternoon, Tuesday, August 4, 1914, a grave, spare, rather homely North Carolinian entered the courtyard before the massive grey British Foreign Office on Downing Street. He turned to the right, passed the guards, walked down a broad ornate corridor, passed through a large oak door into a spacious room. Its windows looked out on the tranquil lake and lawn and trees of St. James's Park. The clocks of London struck three.

Walter Hines Page, U. S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James's, turned unsmiling to a...

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